Tropical Cyclone Phailin has the equivalent force of a category four hurricane and is heading for landfall in the very populated Indian states of Odisha, Northern Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal on Saturday morning. This cyclone will bring strong winds and heavy rainfall, which could also result in a storm surge in many coastal areas.
The India Red Cross Society national headquarters has activated its command center and is in close contact with their branches in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Two water purifications units have been prepositioned in Bhubanewsar Currently 75 cyclone shelters are on alert and residents in coastal areas have been advised to evacuate. Food has been prepositioned at all of the shelters. Additionally, medical response teams have been deployed to Viiavanagaram and Srikakulam and relief supplies for 6,000 families are prepositioned in a warehouse in Kolkata.
In addition, the Bangladesh Red Cross is in close contact with Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) volunteers and staff throughout the country sharing updates on their radio network on an hourly basis. All CPP staff are on standby to respond in case the storm turns toward the coast of Bangladesh.